January 30, 2007

Here Comes That constitutional Showdown That Has Been Looming For Six Years


I think I had a premonition on this one...

I was browsing the presidential "Executive Orders" at whitehouse.gov today, and then, a few hours later...

Bush Directive Increases Sway on Regulation.

UPDATE: Paul Keil explains what's going on in simple terms:
That's right, each agency (like, for instance, the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration) will now have a politically appointed babysitter to make sure that regulations aren't too onerous for corporations. In fact, the directive ensures that regulation is the absolute last resort: "in deciding whether to issue regulations, federal agencies must identify 'the specific market failure' or problem that justifies government intervention."

"Business groups welcomed the executive order," the Times notes, in a terrific understatement.
And from the TPM comments, an even more succinct explanation:
Hitler did this. He installed an officer in every agency to monitor party loyalty. It was called the Gestapo.
Yup. And this is called Fascism.

1 comment:

Abby said...

And they have the gall to point their finger at Hugo Chavez and call him a threat to Democracy. Whatever Chavez is or is not, the Bush government has lost all credibility and authority to point its finger at anybody. Not even at Idi Amin at his inhumane worst.

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